A drugs gang responsible for bringing thousands of pounds worth of heroin and cocaine into Basingstoke has been jailed for a total of 13 and a half years.
Known as the Joe Dreads network, the gang operated between London and Basingstoke from December 1, 2016 and January 25, 2017.
On Friday, October 5th, the gang’s key players Jabril Mohamud and Jordie Divungula, were jailed for their role in the conspiracy.
This follows the sentencing of two other members of the network in December, Dean Crome and David Holden.
Mohamud, 24, of Prince of Wales Road, London, was found guilty of two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs at Winchester Crown Court on Friday and sentenced to five years in prison.
Divungula, 23, of Maitland Park, London, had earlier pleaded guilty to two counts of conspiracy to supply Class A drugs and was jailed for four years.
The court heard how officers in Basingstoke first became aware of this drugs network in December 2016.
It soon became clear that Mohamud and Divungula, two transient drug dealers based in London, had recruited Holden and Crome, who were two local drug addicts.
The court heard that on December 15, 2016, Holden, 39, of St Michael’s Road, Basingstoke and Divungula were arrested following a warrant at Holden’s address.
A quantity of Class A drugs were recovered from the property.
The hearing was told that officers then arrested Divungula and Mohamud in Cumbrian Way on January 22, 2017.
Three days later Divungula and Mohamud were arrested again, along with Crome, 45, of no fixed abode, following a warrant at Mary Rose Court, where more Class A drugs were seized.
In total the court was told that an estimated £4,000 worth of Class A drugs were seized as part of the investigation and more than £1,800 in cash.
Crome and Holden had pleaded guilty to being concerned in the supply of Class A drugs in 2017 and were sentenced in December 2017.
Crome was jailed for 28 months and Holden was sentence to 26 months in prison.
The sentencing of Mohamud and Divungula on Friday mean that the gang has been jailed for a total of 13 years and six months.
Detective Constable Adam Merrick said: “We hope that residents within the Basingstoke community will be reassured to hear that this drugs gang is behind bars.”
“It was clear that Holden and Crome were targeted by these two London drug dealers who effectively cuckooed them.”
“They exploited their addiction to Class A drugs and used their addresses as a base for their drug dealing activity.”
“Information from the local community was a huge help to ensuring our investigation was a success and led to these convictions.”
“We know the impact that drug-related violence and crime has on people’s lives and we are committed, through our ongoing Fortress work, to take action against those responsible.”
“If you have concerns about drug-related activity in your neighbourhood please contact us on 101 or 999 in an emergency.
“Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”